The Modern Regime, Volume 1
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The Modern Regime, Volume 1

By Hippolyte Taine
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Part of the series Origins of contemporary France. [v.5-6]

Table of Contents
  • THE ORIGINS OF CONTEMPORARY FRANCE, VOLUME 5
  • THE MODERN REGIME, VOLUME 1 [NAPOLEON]
  • PREFACE
  • BOOK FIRST. NAPOLEON BONAPARTE.
  • CHAPTER I. HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE OF HIS CHARACTER AND GENIUS.
  • I. Napoleon's Past and Personality.
  • II. The Leader and Statesman
  • III. His acute Understanding of Others.
  • IV. His Wonderful Memory.
  • V. His Imagination and its Excesses.
  • CHAPTER II. HIS IDEAS, PASSIONS AND INTELLIGENCE.
  • I. Intense Passions.
  • II. Will and Egoism.
  • III. Napoleon's Dominant Passion: Power.
  • IV. His Bad Manners.
  • V. His Policy.
  • VI. Fundamental Defaults of his System.
  • BOOK SECOND. FORMATION AND CHARACTER OF THE NEW STATE.
  • CHAPTER I. THE INSTITUTION OF GOVERNMENT
  • I. The Institution of Government.
  • II. Default of previous government.
  • III. In 1799, the undertaking more difficult and the materials worse.
  • IV. Motives for suppressing the election of local powers.
  • V. Reasons for centralization.
  • VI. Irreconcilable divisions.
  • VII. Establishment of a new Dictatorship.
  • CHAPTER II. PUBLIC POWER
  • I. Principal service rendered by the public power.
  • II. Abusive Government Intervention.
  • III. The State attacks persons and property.
  • IV. Abuse of State powers.
  • V. Final Results of Abusive Government Intervention
  • CHAPTER III. THE NEW GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION.
  • I. Precedents of the new organization.
  • II. Doctrines of Government.
  • III. Brilliant Statesman and Administrator.
  • IV. Napoleon's barracks.
  • V. Modeled after Rome.
  • BOOK THIRD. OBJECT AND MERITS OF THE SYSTEM.
  • CHAPTER I. RECOVERY OF SOCIAL ORDER.
  • I. Rule as the mass want to be ruled.
  • II. The Revolution Ends.
  • III. Return of the EmigrĂ©s.
  • IV. Education and Medical Care.
  • V. Old and New.
  • VI. Religion
  • VII. The Confiscated Property.
  • VIII. Public Education.
  • CHAPTER II. TAXATION AND CONSCRIPTION.
  • I. Distributive Justice in Allotment of Burdens and Benefits.
  • II. Equitable Taxation.
  • III. Formation of Honest, Efficient Tax Collectors
  • IV. Various Taxes.
  • V. Conscription or Professional soldiers.
  • CHAPTER III. AMBITION AND SELF-ESTEEM.
  • I. Rights and benefits.
  • II. Ambitions during the Ancient Regime.
  • III. Ambition and Selection.
  • IV. Napoleon, Judge-Arbitrator-Ruler.
  • IV. The Struggle for Office and Title.
  • V. Self-esteem and a good Reputation.
  • BOOK FOURTH. DEFECT AND EFFECTS OF THE SYSTEM.
  • CHAPTER I. LOCAL SOCIETY.
  • I. Human Incentives.
  • II. Local Community.
  • III. Essential Public Local Works.
  • IV. Local associations.
  • V. Local versus State authority.
  • VI. Local Elections under the First Consul.
  • VII. Municipal and general councillors under the Empire.
  • VIII. Excellence of Local Government after Napoleon.
  • CHAPTER II. LOCAL SOCIETY SINCE 1830.
  • I. Introduction of Universal suffrage.
  • II. Universal suffrage.
  • III. Equity in taxation.
  • IV. On unlimited universal suffrage.
  • V. Rural or urban communes.
  • VI. The larger Communes.
  • VII. Local society in 1880.
  • VIII. Final result in a tendency to bankruptcy.
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